Seated in our heart and pervading every cell of our body lies a conscious, intelligent awareness. Individual uniqueness is due to temporary, ever-changing body, breath, and mind. These outer layers of ourselves surround an inner, divine light of awareness called the purusa or atman, which illuminates the truth and expresses love and compassion.
Patanjali is not the inventor of yoga, but rather it’s most popular known scribe. What has become known simply as the “Yoga Sutras” (Sutra means thread) is almost equally as common, as the “Yoga Darshana” (the vision of yoga). The most accepted format of the Yoga Sutras consists of four chapters (Called padas) written in sanskrit approximately 2000 years ago in Northern India.
Our thoughts and emotions can distort what we perceive, creating in our heart-mind a cloud that blurs what we register in memory. The process of yoga includes practices to quiet down and clarify our heart-mind so that this inner essence can shed light on whatever we experience and reveal what is true and actual.
Purusa is difficult to explain or understand intellectually. The rational mind has trouble grasping anything that cannot be perceived by the sensory organs or cannot be constructed on logic and/or hard evidence. As we turn our attention inward through introspection and meditation, the rational mind softens and opens, allowing indescribable experiences to occur.
The purusa is the individual spirit that is part of a universal spirit. Seeing all beings as manifestations of the same light of awareness allows us to detach from outer labels, opinions, judgements and to act in a kinder and more compassionate way.
~Weapons cannot cut this, fire cannot burn this, water cannot wet this, nor can wind make it dry. BHAGAVAD GITA 2.23
Source: The Path Of The Yoga Sutras By: Nicolai Bachman